Just came to my attention that I left this locked! Sorry Yuletide Author! My brain is a scary place - so if you've started your story just based on the initial request, go with your muse. I'll love anything about these characters/fandoms. Otherwise, here was the letter.
Let me start with a tremendous thank you and I'm so excited. The fact that you were willing to write one of these fandoms is wonderful and no matter what, I know I'll love whatever you come up with. I tend to take a lot from previous year letters as I'm a simple girl that continues to like the same things (or I'm just set in my ways). So if you peruse previous years, this will seem very similar.
Please take as little or as much of this as you want into consideration. I know some writers like a lot of information to work with (like myself) and others can find it to hinder their creative processes. This letter is to provide some ideas and help, but as I love these fandoms and characters, I'd honestly be pleased with almost anything.
So the basics: I’m storydivagirl on LJ and tommygirl on DW. I’m maredarlin on twitter and I have a tumblr -http://destinyisdeafening.tumblr.com/ - but I’m more of reblogger of things when the whim hits me rather than a true user of the site. I'm not nearly as involved in fandom as I used to be, but I’m always reading fic and bookmarking it to eventually rec. Under the tag of "challenges: yuletide" you can find past letters and information if that helps (I think most of it is unlocked).
Things in fic I love:
hurt/comfort (with happy endings), schmoop, happy endings, domestic fic, jealousy/possessiveness (without going over into uber creepy territory), banter, crossovers (as long as I know the fandoms), close familial units, awesome besties/partners that have each other’s backs, cuddles, fun, angst if it ends happily and lots and lots of banter.
Things in fic I dislike:
Please no rape/noncon/dubcon/child-animal harm pieces for me. It’s not my cup of tea. I don’t mind angst, but I’d like it to be somewhat sorted out and for my characters to have a chance at happy endings.
My feelings on AUs
– I enjoy a great genderbend. I do enjoy crossovers that make sense and don't turn all the characters OOC. I like some of the other AUs out there (Soulmates - totally on board; space operas if it's a show not in space? not so much), but it's not my go-to for stories if I'm searching for things to read.
Overall, I like the characters to be true to who they are in whatever story they end up in. If you give me that, I'll love whatever you written (again, as long as it doesn't go into the rape/noncon/dubcon/harm world. I just can't read that stuff.)
So the actual requests. Please note these weren’t done in any particular order and the notes below are ideas and things I'd like to see, but again, tell your story.
1. Battleship (2012), Alex Hopper, Stone Hopper
I'd love brotherly bonding. It can be before the movie or I'd really love to see a fix-it where Stone gets to live to see his brother fulfill his potential, I'd love that! (how did he survive? did it take long to find him? Amnesia? Seriously, I'm up for anything as plausibility is not something that really applies to a movie based on a board game). I have a thing for close sibling relationships and they just pinged me from that first scene, especially how Alex steps up and becomes the man that his brother seemed to think he was possible of becoming.
2. veritas the quest, Nikko Zond, Calvin Banks, Solomon Zond
There weren't many episodes, but I adored this show right away. I love Nikko and his relationship with his father, Calvin and Vincent especially. I totally ship Nikko/Calvin. I love seeing Nikko and Solomon get to know each other and grow into their relationship - even as Nikko still battles his issues with feeling abandoned and wanting to grow up. I love Nikko and Cal's relationship and how it grows throughout the show from some almost sibling rivalry bickering to a friendship to moving into something more (at least in my fandom brain). I would prefer if it's a ship fic that it's a little in the future so Nikko is at least eighteen before anything happens.
Also, this is a fandom where I'm totally a genderbend girl who loves the idea of girl!Nikko. I just think it takes the character and makes the character so much more kick-ass, If you want to go with girl!Nikko/Cal, that's a favorite thing of mine too,
3. what's your number, Colin Shea, Ally Darling
I'd love some fic that is from Colin's point of view...set during the movie or after the movie. I'd love to explore how they actually move into a relationship when it has never been something Colin has really done and Ally has her load of issues that she brings to things. I love that at the core, they seem to be friends above everything else...
And hey, if you want to play with Colin being one of Chris Evans other characters - I'm a tad bit obsessed with all things Chris Evans, so yeah, have at it. Colin is Jensen from Losers? Colin is Steve Rogers? Colin is...insert Chris Evans character. Go crazy if that's your thing.
4. gifted, Frank Adler, Mary Adler, Evelyn Adler
I loved this movie. I loved the relationship between Frank and Mary and would love to explore it more. I'd be up for a fic that shows the early years of Frank and Mary - moving to Florida and the choices he made to get them to where they were as the movie starts. I'd love fic that's set immediately after the movie as they bring Mary home and get things set. Maybe something set after Frank loses custody and him dealing with the loss of Mary. Or go into the future and have them trying to develop a better relationship with Evelyn.
I'm up for anything, but I'd love it to focus on Frank and Mary's relationship.
5. the outsiders, Ponyboy Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Darrel Curtis
So these were my original I-love-sibling relationships story! I read this book for the first time when I was eleven and have continued to re-read it about once a year since then. I love PonyBoy and SodaPop's relationship especially, but all three of the brothers - the us against the world, trying to just keep up feeling...I'd love some stories set after the book ends where you see Ponyboy and Darrel trying to really move forward with a better understanding of each other. I'd love to see a story from SodaPop's point of view set during hte book, especially when Ponyboy was off with Johnny and wanting to find his brother. Mostly, I just want to see the brothers sticking together through everything.
6. The accountant, Christian Wolff, Braxton
I wanted more of their relationship at the end of the movie! Again, sucker for sibling relationships...and I'd love to see the two brothers trying to re-establish a relationship, considering the lives that both of them lead. I'd love to see Braxton's search for his brother over the years up until he realized who he was fighting. I'd love a story that goes from their close relationship as kids through the years...and how do they each make sense of what the other does. Is Braxton now in trouble because of how things go down at the end of the movie? Does his brother need to protect him (which makes Braxton sort of happy but annoyed because he's a bad ass of his own right)? Really up for anything that explores their relationship further.
So basically, that's it. Take what you want from this letter or ignore it completely. Try not to pull your hair out (I'm already considering it with my assignment) and I hope you have fun writing it. I know I'll enjoy the finished product no matter what route you go in.